The Slab Rock Climbing
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HUMAN WASTE Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council and the AAC provides free "wag bags" in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking area).
The Slab Wall started out with only one bolted route (Smear Campaign) put up by Jason Martin, Mark Fulmer, and Glen Owen in 2007; and three top-rope routes/anchors put up by Mark Limage and Jake Burkey (originally referred to as Slab #1, Slab #2, and Slab #3 in Jason Martin's 2009 guidebook, Fun Climbs Red Rocks, but now Slab One, Slab Line, and To Slab or Not). Seeing the potential of the wall, Gene Scott added eleven new lines and also bolted the top-ropes as leadable sport climbs.
Some of the rock at the slab is suspect. Hollow and or flexing flakes of rock can be found on the lower and mid level portions of some of the routes. A helmet would not be unwarranted for the belayer as these routes continue to clean up.
Top Rope Access Anchor
There is an anchor on the upper ridge above The Slab roughly in line with the center of the wall. It can be used to rappel to the shelf were several of the sport anchors are located to setup top ropes sans leading the routes. Keep in mind that not all finishing anchors found here can be accessed by utilizing this anchor as some dip off the edge of the shelf and others are not located on it at all. Hiking out far left then up the ridge to get to the anchor is about a 10-15 minute endeavor.
Approach as per the Tiger Stripe Wall but continue uphill and around and down into the wash behind it. Alternatively approach as per Tuna and Chips Wall and head left after reaching its base until you come across a large water streak. This is the right most edge of The Slab.
For those unfamiliar with the area
You will head downhill from the first pullout parking lot. Make a left at the fork (Defined by a trail marker), continuing downhill. At a small wash the trail breaks hard left, winding through the slope coming down from the road.... as well as trending right and uphill. YOU will trend right here going back uphill through braided trails with a large tiger striped rock formation on your right (Tiger Stripe Wall ).
At the top of this hill you will find your self on a much more defined ridge trail with a good size gully/wash on your right The Slab should be easily visible out to your right framed by a prominent water streak at the crags far right and a large cave in the top center. Scrambling down into the gully will take you to the base of the climbs. (10 min)
Classic Climbing Routes at The Slab
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